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Hall of Fame: vote for the standout player of 1900s

11 September 2019

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We have reached our third fan nomination to the Rovers Hall of Fame as we induct 14 new faces - one per decade - as part of our 140 year celebrations.

This vote will decide the 20th Rovers legend to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, to read up on all the others please click here.

This week, supporters are invited to vote for the standout player of the 1900s from a four-man shortlist which was compiled by John Coyle. Voting closes on September 13 and the winner will be revealed at half-time during Rovers home match against Peterborough United.

The four options are as follows:

JACK EGGETT

An outstanding goalkeeper and a great character, Jack joined Rovers in 1894 from his local club, Wisbech Town. He was a member of the team that won the Midland League in both 1896-97 and 1898-99 and went on to be a regular in Rovers’ first two Football League seasons. He could often be found just before kick-off in a local tavern, enjoying a drink after a morning’s work, although his unorthodox preparation didn’t interfere with his performances on the field. After leaving Rovers in 1903 he played for Woolwich Arsenal and then went on to be a regular performer for Tottenham Hotspur, then in the Southern League.

 

LEN GOODSON

Local-born Len joined Rovers for the 1900-01 season and made an instant impact, scoring 20 goals for the Midland League runners-up. Following Rovers late election to the Football League, in September 1901, Len scored the club’s first two League goals in a 3-3 draw with Burslem Port Vale. In December 1902 he signed for Middlesbrough, his transfer fee helping to fund a new stand at the Intake Ground. In 1905 he returned to play for Rovers in the Midland League and had another spell with the club in 1909. A lover of the Turf, he died young, aged 41, in 1922.

 

BILLY LANGHAM

Nottingham-born winger or inside forward Langham had Football League experience with Notts County and Leicester Fosse when he joined Rovers in 1901. He took part in Rovers’ first Football League match and contributed nine goals, finishing second-top scorer. He was top scorer with eight goals the following season but left Rovers after they dropped out of the League. He went on to play for Gainsborough Trinity and Lincoln City and had a spell back at Rovers in the Midland League in 1906, when he scored four goals in one game against Grantham Avenue.

 

JOHN PRICE

John, or Jack, Price was from Birmingham and had played in the Football League for Small Heath before leaving under something of a cloud after assaulting a railway ticket collector. When he joined Rovers in 1901, he was playing for Watford, then of the Southern League. Playing mostly at inside-forward, he scored 13 League goals in 32 appearances in 1901-02 to finish as Rovers’ top scorer. He left Rovers in 1903 and joined Stockport County and subsequently he was reserve team trainer at Fulham. His overall record for Rovers was 17 goals in 59 appearances.

 

Voting now open:

 

 

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